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LATE NIGHT SNACKS: No. 3 Maryland, No. 11 Villanova win at home

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: Colorado State 66, UNLV 65

Rarely does a game decided on a free throw receive this kind of designation. But CSU managed to win despite trailing by five with just over a minute remaining, with redshirt freshman J.D. Paige scoring seven of the Rams’ final eight points and John Gillon hitting the game-winning free throw with 1.1 seconds remaining to clinch the win. This one’s going to sting for the Runnin’ Rebels, who start Mountain West play for a second straight year.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

No. 14 Duke 91, Wake Forest 75: Wake Forest grabbed 19 offensive rebounds and scored 20 second-chance points, but still lost with the Blue Devils running away late. Why? Second-half foul trouble for Devin Thomas, who was nearly unstoppable in the post, and Duke receiving key contributions from two unsung heroes.

No. 11 Villanova 72, Seton Hall 63: The Wildcats moved to 3-0 in the Big East with a nine-point win over the Pirates at The Pavilion. Daniel Ochefu was dominant in the post with 20 points and 18 rebounds, and Josh Hart added 15 and ten for the winners. Kris Jenkins and Ryan Arcidiacono added 11 apiece for Villanova, which outscored Seton Hall 26-15 from the foul line.

Oregon 68, California 65: Just a couple hours after it was announced that guard Dylan Ennis would miss the remainder of the season, Oregon picked up its first Pac-12 win of the season with a three-point triumph over previously undefeated (in conference play) Cal. Chris Boucher scored 18 points and Tyler Dorsey 17 for the Ducks, who won despite shooting 40.7 percent from the field. The difference: Oregon shot 7-for-21 from three, which isn’t good but was much better than Cal’s 0-for-12 night.

STARRED

Northern Illinois’ Marin Maric: Maric scored 22 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the field and grabbed 14 rebounds in a win over Ohio.

Duke’s Marshall Plumlee and Luke Kennard: Kennard scored 23 points off the bench and Plumlee shot 7-for-7 from the field, scoring 18 points and grabbing seven rebounds, in the Blue Devils’ win at Wake Forest.

Villanova’s Daniel Ochefu: The senior big man accounted for 20 points and 18 rebounds in a win over Seton Hall.

STRUGGLED

Bradley: In their 65-44 loss to Southern Illinois the Braves made 14 field goals. That was half their turnover count of 28. SIU coughed the ball up 18 times, but they were a lot better offensively than their hosts.

California’s Jordan Mathews: One of the country’s best shooters had a rough night in Eugene, going scoreless on 0-for-8 shooting in a loss at Oregon.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • No. 3 Maryland did what was expected and rolled to an 88-63 win over Rutgers in College Park. Jake Layman scored 18 points and Robert Carter and Rasheed Sulaimon added 15 apiece for the Terrapins.
  • No. 10 Xavier, once again playing without the injured Edmond Sumner, held off St. John’s 74-66 in Queens. Myles Davis, manning the point in place of Sumner, scored 19 points and Trevon Bluiett 18 for the Musketeers.
  • Matt Thomas scored a career-high 22 points to lead No. 13 Iowa State to a 76-69 win over Texas Tech. The Cyclones had to navigate three first-half fouls for Georges Niang to get their first Big 12 win of the season.
  • No. 21 Texas A&M escaped Starkville with a win, beating Mississippi State 61-60. D.J. Hogg, Jalen Jones and Alex Caruso scored 11 points apiece for the Aggies, who were without leading scorer Danuel House (attending to a personal matter in Texas).
  • No. 24 Pittsburgh moved to 13-1 on the season with an 89-84 win over Georgia Tech. Jamel Artis and James Robinson scored 18 apiece, with Robinson dishing out eight assists for the Panthers.
  • No. 25 Dayton remained undefeated in A-10 play with a 93-63 win over UMass. Charles Cooke led six Flyers in double figures with 18 points.

OTHER NOTABLE RESULTS

  • J.J. Frazier accounted for 16 points, six rebounds and four assists to lead Georgia to a 77-59 win over Missouri.
  • Sam Hughes scored 21 points and Kevin Vannatta 20 as UNC Asheville erased an 18-point halftime deficit to beat Winthrop 85-84. Keon Johnson led the Eagles with a game-high 23.
  • Tennessee scored 53 first half points in their 83-69 win over Florida. Kevin Punter was once again productive for the Volunteers, finishing with 26 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
  • Mike Crawford scored 20 points in Saint Louis’ 65-62 upset of George Washington. The Colonials turned the ball over 17 times on the night to just nine for SLU.
  • Evan Wessel and Zach Brown both hit key shots down the stretch as Wichita State held off Evansville 67-64. Neither had made a field goal on the night prior to their respective baskets.
  • Southern Illinois moved to 14-2 on the season with a 65-44 win at Bradley.
  • A Dequon Miller basket in the final seconds gave Missouri State a 59-58 win over Northern Iowa. The Panthers dropped to 1-2 in Missouri Valley play with the defeat.
  • Northern Illinois moved to 12-2 with an 80-69 win over Ohio in the MAC opener for both. Marin Maric scored 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Travon Baker went for 25 and four assists for NIU.
  • Kam Williams scored 21 points to help lead Ohio State to a 65-56 win at Northwestern in a game matching teams looking to put together NCAA tournament-worthy résumés.
  • Joe Rosga scored 17 points to lead four players in double figures as Denver beat Oral Roberts, 78-75.
  • San Diego State moved to 3-0 in Mountain West play with a 77-62 win over San Jose State. Jeremy Hemsley scored 20 points and Winston Shepard and Zylan Cheatham added 17 apiece for the Aztecs.

High school basketball player collapses, dies at AAU event

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James Hampton, a member of Team United and a senior at Liberty Heights, a private high school in Charlotte, collapsed and died during a Nike Elite Youth Basketball League game on Saturday night.

Hampton was 17 years old.

In the second half of a game against Nike Phamily, a Phoenix-based program that is run by the father of Marvin Bagley III, Hampton collapsed to the floor unresponsive. Trainers at the event began CPR on and administered chest compressions. Parademics arrived within 10 minutes, but Hampton could not be revived.

The cause of death has not yet been released, but this is not the first time that Hampton had an issue. Last spring, at an event in the Washington D.C. area, Hampton collapsed on the court and had to be given CPR.

“He just fell down on the floor,” Team United director Jacoby Davis told the Charlotte Observer. “He had seizures a year ago and I remember (one of the Team United coaches) telling me that, ‘I saw his eyes rolling back in his head.’ I ran on the court thinking he was having a seizure. A trainer came over and said he didn’t know what was wrong. Another trainer checked his pulse. He said he didn’t have a pulse. It got crazy after that.”

RIP James Hampton.

Nevada’s Jordan Caroline pulls out of 2018 NBA Draft

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Jordan Caroline has opted to pull his name out of the 2018 NBA Draft as he will return to Nevada for his senior season, he announced on Saturday.

The 6-foot-7 Caroline put together a strong season for the Wolf Pack as he averaged 17.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game as Nevada made the Sweet 16 behind one of the most talented offenses in the country.

Caroline’s return is a huge boost for Nevada as they still await the NBA draft decisions of Caleb and Cody Martin.

Currently ranked No. 17 in the NBCSports.com Preseason Top 25 (without the Martin twins), the Wolf Pack will still have a ton of talent around Caroline next season. Five-star freshman center Jordan Brown recently committed to Nevada. The program also a number of talented transfers entering the mix, including Tre’Shawn Thomas, Nisre Zouzoua and Ehab Amin.

If the Martin twins return to school (and that is a big if) then Nevada could have a potentially elite offense next season. But even if the Martin twins go pro, Nevada should still be the favorite in the Mountain West and a threat to once again make the second weekend of the NCAA tournament.

Dewan Huell returning to Miami for junior season

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Miami received some positive news on Saturday afternoon as the school announced the return of forward Dewan Huell for his junior season.

After testing the NBA draft waters without an agent, the 6-foot-11 Huell will be back for the Hurricanes. Starting all 32 games for the program last season, Huell averaged 11.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game while shooting 57 percent from the floor.

“After getting feedback from NBA teams and talking it over with my family and coaches, I would like to announce that I will be returning to Miami for my junior season,” Huell said in the release. “I’m really excited to get back to work with my brothers so we can accomplish more than ever during the 2018-19 season.”

A former McDonald’s All-American coming out of high school, Huell’s return gives the Hurricanes stability in the front court for next season as he’ll play with other returning players like Sam Waardenburg and Ebuka Izundu. With Miami losing both Lonnie Walker and Bruce Brown early to the 2018 NBA Draft, Huell could be expected to provide more offensive production as a junior.

Bruce Weber receives contract extension at Kansas State

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Kansas State and head coach Bruce Weber have agreed to a two-year contract extension, according to a release from the school.

After leading the Wildcats to a surprising Elite Eight appearance in March, Weber will be the head coach at Kansas State through the 2022-23 season, which gives him another five seasons to work with. Weber will be paid $2.5 million in 2018-19 and he’ll receive a $100,000 increase to his salary in each remaining contract year.

Weber had already signed a two-year extension in August 2017, but this move gives the veteran head coach more job security (and positive recruiting perception) for the next few seasons.

“We are very fortunate to have not only such an outstanding basketball coach but also a man in Coach Weber who conducts his program with integrity and class and is widely respected across the nation,” Kansas State Director of Athletics Gene Taylor said. “Certainly last season was one of the most memorable postseason runs in our program’s history, and we are excited for next season and the years ahead under Coach Weber’s leadership.”

With Kansas State returning most of its roster from last season, including the return of guard Barry Brown from the 2018 NBA Draft process, expectations are sky-high for Weber and the Wildcats this season. Currently ranked as the No. 8 team in the NBCSports.com Preseason Top 25, Kansas State’s veteran club could give Kansas a serious run for a Big 12 regular season title this season.

Northwestern loses incoming freshman point guard

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Northwestern and incoming freshman point guard Jordan Lathon are parting ways. The 6-foot-4 Lathon was viewed as a potential candidate to replace Bryant McIntosh at lead guard for the Wildcats this season, but Northwestern has reportedly revoked his offer of admission and basketball scholarship.

It is unclear why Lathon was unable to be admitted into Northwestern, but the school’s VP for University Relations, Alan Cubbage, gave a statement to Inside NU’s Davis Rich and Caleb Friedman.

“Northwestern University has revoked its offers of admission and an athletic scholarship for Jordan Lathon, a recruit for the Northwestern men’s basketball team,” the statement said. “Out of respect for the privacy of the student, the University will have no further public comment.”

Lathon later acknowledged the situation in a tweet explaining to fans that he will no longer be attending Northwestern.

While it is unclear why Lathon and Northwestern are parting ways, other high-major programs are already very interested in bringing in Lathon for next season. Oklahoma State immediately jumped in with a scholarship offer. There is also speculation that Lathon, a native of Grandview, Missouri, could also hear from the in-state Tigers as well.

It’ll be interesting to see where Lathon lands, and how this also affects Northwestern’s point guard situation. The loss of a four-year starter like McIntosh will be tough to fill, especially since Lathon was committed to Northwestern since last June. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Wildcats and head coach Chris Collins seek out a veteran point guard graduate transfer to try and get some immediate help.